Dear Friend of New Rochelle Basketball:
Our coaches and players have been preparing for months to make 2103-14 the best season in the history of New Rochelle basketball, and it will soon be underway! Please allow us to tell you a little about our organization and what it has been doing.
The NRBA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which is proudly and sincerely committed to helping kids, through their love of basketball, move timely and successfully through the grades and go to college or pursue appropriate post-secondary training. Our “gospel” is responsibility and accountability – if you don’t strive for success in the classroom, if you cause problems at home, if you do not understand the necessity of being a good person, you will not play on an NRBA team. We are also committed to community service.
All this goes hand-in-hand with our single-minded founding purpose of taking New Rochelle basketball to the next level. In that regard, we're on a roll. Last season (2012-13), our results in the region were second-to-none. Led by first-year Head Coach and NRBA Board Member Rasaun "Crabby" Young (and assisted by his brother, Rashiem), the Boys Varsity literally became world-famous. "The Shot" by senior Kahlil "Pop" Edney that defeated archrival Mt. Vernon at the Westchester County Center drew millions of YouTube viewers. Up against plays made by professional, amateur and youth athletes world-wide, “The Shot” was runner-up for ESPN's Play of the Year. (See Media for more!) After winning the coveted Gold Ball (the iconic symbol of Section One Champions), the Boys team went on to become only the second in New Rochelle High School history to make it to the Finals of the NY State Championship.
The Girls Varsity also had a great season, going to the Sectional semifinals at the County Center under Head Coach Bruce Daniele – another NRBA Board Member. Not to be outdone, the Junior Huguenots (led by yet another Board Member, Sean Oliver), competing against the best in our region, won the Tri-County Basketball League’s 7th grade Championship and reached the Finals in the 8th Grade Division. The future of New Ro basketball is indeed bright.
We accept the challenge of repeating a fantastic year on the court. But we have never measured success simply by wins and losses. As proud as we are of all our teams’ success on the court, we are equally proud of the excellent sportsmanship shown by everyone associated with the program throughout the season. We are especially proud to report that every senior on last year’s Boys and Girls Varsity squads is attending college this fall. (Follow links to present and former college players from New Rochelle.) Right now, our current seniors are preparing for academic and athletic success in college. We also sponsored SAT prep classes for our underclassmen.
Our commitment to doing things right has brought other dividends. Not long ago, too many New Rochelle students were leaving the High School to play for other area schools. The results we have achieved and the values we espouse have slowed, if not stopped, the exodus.
We could not have the kind of program we are building without you. The equipment, the gear, the pre-game meals, post-season athletic training, summer leagues and tournaments – even fan busses to the State Championships in Glens Falls - all played an invaluable part in our success. Our website is in the process of being completely updated; the "new and improved" version will be on-line soon. The past generosity of dedicated supporters made it possible to get where we are, and we need your help to build on our successes.
We are writing now to ask for your support in making the inaugural Journal of the New Rochelle Basketball Association (NRBA) a huge success. This year, we humbly ask you to consider renewing or initiating support for the kids by taking an ad in the New Rochelle Basketball Journal. (Please follow the link to the ad form for details). This Journal will be a one-of-a-kind advertising opportunity for your organization as it will be distributed at all NRBA-affiliated events, including 6th 7th and 8th grade games and JV and Varsity High School events. Since NRBA is a registered public charity under Section 501(c)(3), all your donations are fully tax-deductible.
We recently held our first annual "Meet The Huguenots" Brunch to introduce the members of the 2013-14 Boys Varsity team. It was held at Beckwith Pointe from 12:00 noon - 2:00 PM on Sunday, December 1, 2013. (Click the link for more about the event.) Thanks to everyone for coming out - especially the parents of all elevels of players throughout our program - for making it a great success!!
NRBA Board of Directors:
Pat Vaccaro, President / Kelly Johnson, Vice President / Andy Peterson, Secretary-Treasurer
Rasaun Young, NRHS Boys Varsity Coach & Board Member / Bruce Daniele, NRHS Girls Varsity Coach & Board Member Sean Oliver, Director of Junior Huguenots & Board Member